Overgrown Offroad Zombie

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by larryboy, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Larryboy,

    Had lunch with you at Hells Canyon last weekend, and you reminded me that you had this GS project. Just wasted most the afternoon reliving that build - sure is nice end result.

    -= Scott
  2. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Was great to meet you, Scott!!

    I'm trying to get stiffer springs for this thing right now and it's like pulling teeth. Konflict Motorsports seems to be conflicted about running a business or going for a ride, can't say I blame the guy, but it's driving me nuts.

    :baldy
  3. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I still remember my brother and I staring at that bike at PSR and thinking it easily dwarfs a 1200. :eek1
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    It's lighter than a 1200GS. :wink:


    Finally got my springs ordered!! :clap:clap

    Ten days out for custom springs, going out to the desert over Labor Day weekend, gonna get this latest round of mods done by then.

    .76kg fork springs and an 18.9kg spring for the rear Ohlins. I'll take out the 15w fork oil and swap over to ATF.

    It's been something I can ride as soft as it is, but if I want to pick up the pace it's too porpoise like.

    We had originally planned to use this bike for our Death Valley trip and push it out the door, but I've come to really like this bike and it fills a good two-up niche in the stable...I'd really like to have a new Stelvio, but this is working for now.
  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Last episode we had dropped a cylinder and rode home 100 miles on one lung.

    Old coil:

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    New high output Dyna coil, runs great again!! :clap:

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    Changing from a 2.89 FD to a 3.20 FD:

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    New rear spring, ended up with an 18.2 kg. I'm having a hard time finding a spanner wrench that fits the Ohlins collars, gonna have to modify one I got at Cycle Gear so I can cinch down the preload:

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    Just to remind me that it's a BMW the shock bolt broke off in the swingarm..."they all do that".

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  6. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Those little things are a pisser. Especially on the model you have where you have to drill out the bolt through the other side. but the can help you drill straight if you have a long enough drill bit.

    Still love your build and the bike. Thanks for all of your help and input on my build.
  7. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Hay Rob:

    Check out all the washouts in Death Valley before heading to the desert. You didn't mention which desert you will be heading to.

    You got some good intel for all of us last year about the Goler Wash washout. DV, very recently, got some major down pours and just about all the roads are washed out or impassable. Can't figure out exactly where all these washouts are but some are on paved roads.

    We probably need to start a new thread with some updates on road conditions in the desert.

    We need to go on a ride together one of these days on these Beemer GS's. Our Bumble Bees are running great and we are doing lots of riding in our local mountains.
  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Yup, the North Pass got hammered pretty good.

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    If you've never ridden this road it's a little hard to imagine where the road is supposed to be:

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    Anyways...got the bike all back together and running good with the new coil.

    Had to modify a heli-coil kit to repair the swingarm threads, just went super slow and didn't break in drill bits in the thing...that would have really been a nightmare. Took about 5 hours total to carefully repair.

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    The rest of the current mods are pretty mundane, no pictures.

    Swapped a final drive from an 850R onto her, went from a 2.89 gear to a 3.20. Don't even have to feather the clutch to come up my driveway. I rarely used 6th gear with the stock FD as it felt like it was lugging, should be about perfect now.

    Rear spring is now an 18.2 and the front springs are upgraded to a .76, feels good around town. Hard to tell until I hit some sweet jumps. :wink:


    Back to wrenchin'...

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    :beer
  9. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle Gear Grinder

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    uh, what is that, and why are there BFG T/A KO's on it?
  10. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    EdZilla?

    Nice pics of trail conditions and shock mount repair!
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    One of the rarest Edsels ever built, 1958 Bermuda 9 passenger wagon.

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    The front suspension was junk, even if I poured $1000 into the front suspension alone it wouldn't have been safe. Just too rusty. The car should have been junked/smashed/crushed, it's that bad, but I like it and I'm gonna save it in a Mexican 1,000 sort of resto-mod buildup.

    I'm posting a few build pictures over at www.panamintvalley.com , but you have to be signed in to see pictures there.
  12. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle Gear Grinder

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    That's even cooler than the GS.
  13. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Maybe. Rob does some pretty cool stuff. :nod

    I want to see that wagon sliding around a corner on a dirt road with a big plume of dust behind it. :D
  14. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    I'd drop that body on a 4WD truck frame.
  15. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    I knew you would have some great information and pics on the washouts. I started a new thread for DV road conditions so we can all know the conditions as things change. Hope you don't mind if I use your washout pics? I couldn't figure out how to get them off the DV facebook site.

    Here is a link to the new thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=22117575#post22117575

    Thanks Rob. The wagon project is lookin' good already. :clap:clap:clap
  16. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    All of the So Cal deserts are getting hammered with thunderstorms and flash floods all this week. I am listening to massive lightning and thunder right now as I type this. It is maybe 10 miles away. I hope it heads this way.. :clap
    I love a good storm once in a while.

    Anyone heading to any desert anytime soon in So Cal {aside from killer heat} should really check conditions. I have been getting at least 2 EAS warnings everyday for 5 days now.
  17. beerbuzz

    beerbuzz Been here awhile

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    I was thinking gasser wagon when I saw that front end- sweet ride. Have you thought about a mounted spare coil on the bike? Setup for plug and play for either cyl would be a sweet CYA move. Did the same on my old rock crawler with coils, fuel pumps and ignition modules.
  18. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Good idea!! It was a stock Sportster coil and those aren't reliable on a stock Sportster, but they're only $14. The Dyna high output coil is supposed to be pretty reliable, might get a stock Harley coil for a spare though.

    Took it out over the weekend. Love the new suspension, need to dial in a little more pre-load on the back, front is perfect and planted, bottomed out the back a couple of times.
  19. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    :wave larryboy

    This is an awesome thread, so much to learn from here.
  20. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Hi Andrew, must have missed you at Lanesplitters the other day.

    Here is a slideshow from the latest trip, got 48 mpg...might open up the main jets one size, although I was following a super slow guy on this trip.


    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104190897" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/104190897">Benton 2014</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user3619323">larryboy8821</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>